Process Safety Engineer

Alameda, CA
21 days ago
Full time role


Sila Nanotechnologies is an electronics company that offers new battery materials chemistry. It works directly with leading consumer electronics and ...

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Job Description

About Us

We are Sila, a next-generation battery materials company. Our mission is to power the world’s transition to clean energy. To create this future, our team is building a better lithium-ion battery from the inside out today. We engineer and manufacture ground-breaking battery materials that significantly increase the energy density of batteries, while reducing their size and weight. The result? Smaller more powerful batteries that can unlock innovation in consumer devices and accelerate the mass adoption of electric cars to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We're tackling one of the biggest challenges of our time every day, and together we're redefining what's possible. Are you ready to be a part of a team committed to changing the world?

Who You Are

You are a creative, diligent, thorough, insightful and hands-on technical contributor. You thrive in a fast paced environment and understand process safety and risk mitigation. In this role, you will help to set the standard for Process Safety at Sila and guide project teams on necessary process modifications and engineering controls to scale safely. This is a unique opportunity to help build a new PSM program from the ground up.

You will be on a team, surrounded by individuals with diverse set of backgrounds, but a similar goal. We start with first principles, develop new materials, design & qualify processes for pilot scale development & commercial production, and continually support and improve our manufacturing capability. You will enjoy closely collaborating with a core team of Process, Equipment, Manufacturing, and Environmental Health and Safety representatives on complex multi-phase, multi-year projects.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Coach engineers, project managers, construction personnel, and other business partners in assessing process safety needs.
  • Lead process hazard analysis (PHA) safety activities such as quantitative risk assessment (QRA), HAZID, HAZOP, and LOPA workshops.
  • Reviews multi-disciplinary engineering documents and existing equipment to ensure that designs have been adopted which meet Sila internal standards and industry standards.
  • Calculate the physical effects and related consequences for specific process safety scenarios.
  • Perform process safety risk assessments for emerging issues and develop mitigation plans.
  • Coordinate internal incident and near miss investigations, defines corrective actions, monitors and supervise completion of corrective action items with site personnel.
  • Advocate for simplification of processes to address the highest consequence risks to help make it easy for employees to do work safely and difficult for them to do work incorrectly or unsafely.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • B.S. in Engineering or comparable with 5+ years of technical process safety experience.
  • Familiar with relevant industry standards including API, NFPA, ASME, CGA, and CCPS and experience applying them to setting internal standards and guidelines.
  • Experience applying protection strategies and identifying risk reduction options.
  • Effectively influence a new organization who is learning process safety management at scale.
  • Desire to work with/for a team and ability to tackle problems independently.
  • Dust Explosion Hazard analysis experience desirable.
  • Proficiency with process simulation desirable.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

  • Wear personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, a lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, and steel toe safety shoes.
  • Move long distances (such as from building to building) and be stationary for extended periods of time.
  • Operate a computer and other office equipment, such as a laptop, copier/printer, etc in a fixed location.
  • Apply established protocols in a timely manner.

The starting base pay for this role is between $146,000 and $171,500 at the time of posting. The actual base pay depends on many factors, such as education, experience, and skills. Base pay is only one part of Sila’s competitive Total Rewards package that can include benefits, perks, equity, and bonuses. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

Working at Sila

We believe that building a diverse team at Sila helps us amplify our individual talents. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment where good ideas are free to come from anyone. We are proud to celebrate diversity and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, or any other status protected by law.

Sila Nanotechnologies is an electronics company that offers new battery materials chemistry. It works directly with leading consumer electronics and ...

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